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The Antique Wine Company ( is offering one fortunate wine collector the opportunity to acquire a unique collection of fine wines amassed by Jacques Chirac during his time as Mayor of Paris. Bids open from today on this assemblage of exceptional wine, personally selected for Chirac across his years in mayoral office, from 1977-1995. Many of these wines were selected for banquets with invited Royalty or Heads of State and each bottle bears an identifying neck label, assuring the buyer of its authenticity.

The original auction, in October 2006, of 5,000 bottles from this cellar attracted extraordinary media attention, as the French vied with English, American, Chinese and Russian buyers to acquire these exceptional bottles.

Stephen Williams, Founder of the Antique Wine Company, fought off opposition to acquire all of the highest rated wines in the cellar, which is now being made available as a single entity and can be viewed at The Antique Wine Company’s microsite:

Some of the remarkable wines from the Paris City Hall Cellar include:

• Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1986
• Rare vintages of Ch. Lafite Rothschild, Ch. Haut Brion and Ch. Petrus
• Krug Champagne 1976

Stephen Williams comments:
“Coinciding with the departure of M Chirac from his office as President, this is sure to attract massive interest across the wine world. At this time of dramatic political change in France, this collection of iconic wine symbolises the power and prestige that attached to Chirac over his many decades in office. It will be a valuable and historic asset for the purchaser.”

The importance of the collection will be further enhanced with the creation of a unique and beautiful architectural case created by Linley, the bespoke British furniture company established by Viscount Linley. This lovely piece is an elegant model of the Paris City Hall itself, executed in a variety of unusual woods such as grey sycamore, and with secret compartments concealing the most valuable bottles.

Offers for the collection are invited in excess of £200,000. The sale of the collection will be undertaken in a negotiation process only open to registered and verified bidders via the Antique Wine Company microsite:


Notes to Editors:

High-resolution photos of the collection and of Stephen Williams, founder of the Antique Wine Company, can be downloaded at the following link:


(362 bottles feature in the collection)

Bordeaux, Pauillac
36------1996----Lafite Rothschild
12------1986----Mouton Rothschild
6-------1989----Mouton Rothschild

Bordeaux, Margaux

Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan
12------1982----Haut Brion
18------1985----Haut Brion
6------1986----Haut Brion
12------1988----Haut Brion
42------1989----Haut Brion
6------1990----Haut Brion
24------1994----Haut Brion
24------1995----Haut Brion

White Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan
6------1990----Haut Brion Blanc

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Burgundy, Côtes de Nuits
4------1986----DRC, La Tache
2------1986----DRC, Romanée Conti



Jacques Chirac is a man who undoubtedly understands the intrinsic value of keeping a fine cellar. During his tenancy of City Hall in Paris from 1977 to 1995, he was perfectly positioned to acquire some of the most outstanding wines of the era. A fervent nationalist, like so many of his fellow countrymen, Chirac knew how to impress visiting Heads of State, Royal family members and similar high-ranking individuals by offering exquisite French food paired with superb wine from his country’s most renowned vineyards.

Those vintage selections, once sipped by George H.W. Bush, Leonid Brezhnev and Pope John Paul II, now pass into new ownership, thanks in part to the actions of Chirac’s Socialist successor to the mayoral office, Bernard Delanoe.

He resolved to sell off this vinous treasure trove, seeking a ‘less elitist use of city funds’, according to the media.

Connoisseurs should note that each and every bottle was labelled with a commemorative neck seal to guarantee provenance once the wines were set to be dispersed. The collection is unique in that it was put together by Bernard Bled, Secretary General of City Hall, who was well versed in the fine wine world and wished to follow his master’s directive: to dazzle the world’s leaders with the finest French wines. He worked untiringly from 1975 to 2001 to ensure a representative selection from each excellent vintage would make its way to the mayor’s underground cave.

The fortunate purchaser of this exquisite selection from the Antique Wine Company will be able to reflect on how these wines represent the apogee of French winemaking in the late 20th century, wines truly fit for a king.


The Antique Wine Company has had the privilege of advising, negotiating and concluding many of the world’s most interesting fine wine transactions. Established over 25 years ago, the London-based company specialises in sourcing vintages over 150 years old, as well as providing fine contemporary wines for the avid collector.

The announcement of the sale of the Paris City Hall Cellar Collection follows that of the announcement of the sale of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Collection (see and the world’s largest collection of Chateau d’Yquem sold by The Antique Wine Company in December 2006 to Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat for £775,000 (1.5 million US dollars).

For further information contact:

Roz Cooper at The Antique Wine Company
Phone: +44 (0)207 359 1109
Mobile: +44 (0)7931 339042

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